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UP, BNSF, and now MRL Closed in North Idaho

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UP, BNSF, and now MRL Closed in North Idaho
Posted by Bruce Kelly on Friday, March 17, 2017 11:01 AM

Add MRL to the list of main lines closed due to weather-induced issues in north Idaho. This morning, an empty coal train hit a washout at Kootenai, ID, just east of Sandpoint. MRL says 50-60 empties and one locomotive derailed but remain upright. No injuries.

Latest reports from UP and BNSF on their closures:

https://www.up.com/customers/announcements/customernews/generalannouncements/CN2017-22.html

http://domino.bnsf.com/website/updates.nsf/updates-service-consumer/1634E231F4EAD4EF862580E600429B46?Open

The Inland Northwest is quickly becoming a gigantic parking lot for trains in both directions. 

 

 

 

 

 50-60empty coal cars and one locomotive were derailed, but remain upright.

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Posted by BaltACD on Friday, March 17, 2017 12:32 PM

Mom Nature - still undefeated!

Never too old to have a happy childhood!

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Posted by Bruce Kelly on Friday, March 17, 2017 2:54 PM

Katka slides have been cleared:

http://domino.bnsf.com/website/updates.nsf/updates-service-consumer/C3C5B10D960BAF7F862580E6005B20A3?Open

Just saw Amtrak 8 fly by Hauser Yard. No.7 is just passing Bonners Ferry. They should meet somewhere close to Sandpoint. 

 

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Posted by Bruce Kelly on Saturday, March 18, 2017 12:44 PM

Another late Amtrak 7 through north Idaho this morning. Since the majority of UP's Hinkle-Eastport line is currently dead while work trains and crews deal with the slide north of Moyie Springs, BNSF is detouring some of its westbounds on the UP from Sandpoint south. First one, a manifest, just coming into Spokane now.

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Posted by Bruce Kelly on Saturday, March 18, 2017 4:22 PM

Late No.8 by Hauser, ID, about half an hour ago. Being held at Cocolalla while track ahead at Algoma is inspected.

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Posted by Uncle Jake on Saturday, March 18, 2017 10:30 PM
Saw two EB and one WB near Quincy this afternoon. One of the eastbound trains had an NS as a DPU.
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Posted by Bruce Kelly on Sunday, March 19, 2017 8:22 AM

Katka got hit by slides again yesterday, BNSF currently closed there.

http://domino.bnsf.com/website/updates.nsf/updates-service-consumer/B6D22A0EA9C9FE1B862580E8002458DD?Open

Amtrak is holding at Spokane and Whitefish, again. If a bus bridge isn't available, there might be another meeting of the Builders in northern Idaho sometime today.

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Posted by Bruce Kelly on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 1:38 PM

BNSF released this short video showing the mess they had to clear at Katka:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4hXHfhSHrs&feature=youtu.be

 

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